THRESHOLD

THREE PLAYS ON THE THRESHOLD OF GREATNESS

THRESHOLD

THREE NEW PLAYS

by Morgan McGuire, Jacob Marx Rice & Maiken Wiese

AUG 17, 2017 - AUG 26, 2017

NEW OHIO THEATRE

154 CHRISTOPHER STREET

The Shelter presents three new plays from our 2017 Threshold Fellowship playwrights at the New Ohio Theater. These thrilling works of theatre, each on the threshold of greatness, explore sexuality, the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany, and the American black experience through time. LENI & JOSEPH by Jacob Marx Rice and THE OTHER KIDS RAN AWAY by Maiken Wiese will be presented in repertory as workshop productions. tselem by Morgan McGuire will be presented at a later date (dates to be announced).

BY MAIKEN WIESE

DIRECTED BY KAT YEN

THE OTHER KIDS RAN AWAY by Maiken Wiese is a tale about a young woman’s sexual awakening and the discovery of the wild creatures lurk in the shadows. Maiken Wiese is an actress and playwright from the Pacific Northwest who has re-planted herself in Brooklyn. Her writing has been performed at the Shelter, Sticky!, Gotham Comedy Club and Manhattan Theater Source.  Her short play, IN THE NINTH MONTH won the audience pick and was featured in the Encores week for the Estrogenius Festival 2011. Maiken received her BA in Drama from the University of Washington. She has acted at The Shelter, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea and Seattle Children’s Theater. Her acting film credits include “The Widowers” and “Awake.”

CAST
  • Christine Nyland
  • Paco Lozano*
  • Kasey Huizinga
  • Cindy Fernandez
  • Spencer Hamp
  • Rolando Chusan

* Appearing coutesy of Actors’ Equity Association

BY JACOB MARX RICE

DIRECTED BY ANNA STRASSER

LENI & JOSEPH by Jacob Marx Rice is a tense exploration of the relationship between Nazi’s Jospeh Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl during the rise of Hitler. Jacob Marx Rice’s plays have been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Nuyorican Poets Café, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play CHEMISTRY has won the 2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award at the New York International Fringe Festival, 2015 Producer’s Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and 2016 Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Jacob is the winner of the 2012 Seymour Brick Memorial Prize for Playwriting and a finalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference. He is currently an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing.

CAST
  • Jessica Afton*
  • Samuel Adams*

* Appearing coutesy of Actors’ Equity Association

BY MORGAN McGUIRE

DIRECTED BY JENNY BETH SNYDER

tselem by Morgan McGuire examines the black experience in America through time, space and mysticism. Morgan McGuire is an actress, playwright, and human hailing from the golden foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She now calls the borough of kings home. In early 2017 she received The Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Commission where she developed her most recent full length play, In the Cotton, with three colleges in Maryland. Last year her play The Red Room premiered with The Shelter at the TBG theatre to critical success. Ms. McGuire earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College theatre department where she graduated with honors.

  • POSTPONED. DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

PRODUCTION

  • Co-Artistic Director, Michael Kingsbaker
  • Co-Artistic Director, Meghan E. Jones
  • Stage Manager (L&J), Cody Hom
  • Stage Manager (TOKRA), TBD
  • Stage Manager (tselem), Mairead Kress
  • Assistant Director (TOKRA) Daniela Hart
  • Asst. Stage Manager, Kimberly Flores
  • Board Operator, Sophia Leewah

DESIGN

  • Scenic Design, Daniel Prosky
  • Lighting Design, Jake Fine
  • Sound Design, Daniela Hart
  • Costume Design, Heather McDevitt Barton
  • Projection Design, Michael Redman

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